What Causes Bladder Cancer?
In order to deal properly with bladder cancer we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow bladder cancer to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind bladder cancer consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to bladder cancer. For example, cigarette smoke damage.
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
much secondhand smoke exposure
recent light tobacco smoking
smoking 6-20 cigarettes per day
reduced sense of smell
recently quitting smoking
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bladder cancer.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Have you suffered from Bladder Cancer?
→ No / don't know
→ Yes but now resolved for over 5 years
→ Yes but now resolved for under 5 years
→ Current problem but containable
→ Current problem and aggressive/spreading
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of bladder cancer or bladder cancer, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Cigarette Smoke Damage
. Close to 50% of all bladder and kidney cancer deaths in men are caused by smoking. Among women, 37% of bladder and 12% of kidney cancer deaths are directly attributable to smoking. The risk of developing these cancers is two to three times greater for both male and female smokers than that of the nonsmoking population. Cigarette smoke can interact with chemicals (especially aromatic amines) in the work place to produce bladder and kidney cancer. Workers exposed to organic chemicals in the dye, rubber, leather and paint industries that also smoke have a greater bladder cancer rate than would be predicted from either smoking or chemicals alone. Patients who have had bladder cancer may have a recurrence.
Concerned or curious about your health? Try The Analyst™